Lemon Risotto with Asparagus

by Melissa on March 11, 2009

I love risotto, and this recipe was no exception. I was a bit unsure about how the lemon, asparagus and Parmesan cheese would taste mixed in with the risotto, but I should have known better. It was delicious! The asparagus was tender, but not over-cooked and the creamy risotto had a nice zing from the lemon. I will be making this again very soon!

Lemon Risotto with Asparagus

  • 3  (14 1/2-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1/2  cup  finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2  cups  uncooked Arborio rice
  • 2  teaspoons  grated lemon rind
  • 1/2  cup  dry white wine
  • 3  cups  (1-inch) diagonally cut asparagus (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2  cup  (2 ounces) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2  tablespoons  fresh lemon juice
  • 2  teaspoons  fresh thyme leaves

Bring broth to a simmer in a large saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add rice and rind; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in wine, and cook 3 minutes or until the liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly.

Add 3 1/2 cups broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 20 minutes). Stir in asparagus. Add remaining broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in cheese and juice. Sprinkle with thyme.

Source: Cooking Light, as seen on Lauren’s Kitchen.

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Lindsey March 11, 2009 at 7:20 am

Lemon risotto is my absolute favorite. I usually add peas for color/crunch, but I love your addition of asparagus. I may have to try that next time. Thanks for sharing!


Liz March 11, 2009 at 9:03 am

I love lemon– will have to try this!


colleen March 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm

This looks so nice and light. I love all the flavors in there with the thyme!


Erin March 13, 2009 at 4:39 pm

I have a random question for you….how do you get the Blog awards, etc. on the side of your blog?
My wordpress blog looks like yours and I have tried EVERYTHING :)
I enjoy reading your blog!


Melissa March 14, 2009 at 1:33 am

Erin- I have sent you an e-mail!


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